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mercenary employments, in a few months time, by their mother wit, (which for want of good neighbours they greatly cry up themjelves, and instead of bad neighbours do closely infinuate as tf all others wanted it) can g-4. knowledge enough in pbyfick to coniemn and vilify, and in two words (viz. Calenifts and fools) abundantly confute all those worthy persons, who from childbood to gray-hairs, have been studying, endeavouring, and praying ; have been exercising bot b their minds and their bodies; their beads, ibeir hearts, and their hands; that they may become expert seconds unto nature, and meet combatants for all those dreadful enemnies that the fins of man bave stirred up against the peace of his own body. But beJide this scum of ill conditioned Zoili, there dre cthers also nibbling at the beel of learned physicians ; whose wounds, though seemingly Nightly inflicted, yet are far worse than the former, and that not only because they are persons of credit and knowledge, but because they pretend friendship, and kiss while they the mischief. These are those, whom birth, education, and industry, have to recurely seated in honour, ibat nothing can posibly dethrone them, but that which caft ibe angels from beaven, and man out of pr. radise ; that abominable Quotwors, whi ever did, and for ever will set Go fiftance ; and the best of their

but in time mind them, that those smart reo flestions without cause, both in private and publick, not only upon particular persons, but upon wholc societies of men, balf of whom they know not so much as by hear- say) seem to bave a tinelure of that virulent poifon, which as easily and as quickly proceeds out of knowledge, as tbe worm did out of Jonah's gourd, and will (if not speedily prevented) foon witber into nothing all that content under which they have for a Seafon gladly shadowed themselves. And bere I am afrejs put in mind of the story of Herod, who persecuted the world's worthies, and, because be saw it pleased the people, he proceeded farther also : And thus prosecuting bis rage and ambition, in royal apparel, and with popular oratory, the angel of the Lord fmote bim, because be gave not God the glory, and be was eaten of worms. Tbat main and beft end, which secureth all men in their undertakings, was it which first moved the autbor bereof to study sacred philosophy, and to apply himself to the interpretation of such fcriptures, as border upon that faculty unta which he hath betook bimself ever since he bath had the judgment of election wherein he might be most serviceable in bis generation. This was the good feed : but falling into a

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the Lord to prosper, may bring forth as useful fruit as those that seem more fair and flourishing.

Herein old men may see their own natural faces, as in a glass ; and young men may foresee, what (if they live) will certainly betide them in their latter end. Systems and compleat treatises (though out of fashion, and consequently. negleEted in this mimical age) are of better use, than fragments of mechanism, and independent pieces of experimenial knowledge, which by most men at present are had in greatest honour and reputation ; but, in this respeet of honour, the groundwork of what is bere discoursed upon far sirpalseth them all; the author thereof being the wiseft, and the greatest earthly potertate throughout all generations. The portraiture that is bere drawn, is done by the hands of no meaner a person than king Solomon, and may justly be called, eixws Bassnizen; that fuperabundant wisdom in natural things, which it pleased God miraculously to enrich him withel, beyond all that were before him, or fince to this very day, being no where more graphically delineated, than in this description of age ; whereby it plainly appears that Solomon was not like that forward traveller, who was well skilled in foreign countri and, in the mean time, knew little thing of his own native Land. very well knew all vegetat' :,

cedar in Labanon, to the bylop that springetb out of the wall, and those creatures alfa of an bigber rank, namely, all beasts, fowls, creeping things, and fibes : So neither was be ignorant at home; but that wherein bis greatest wisdom confifted, was, that be

perfeetly knew himself ; and that intus et in cute ; both in respect of the inward and the outward man: All the secret and mysterious powers of the mind were as naked and open before him, as the visible parts of the body are before a vulgar anatomist, and his fuxor rozia in this allegory contained, doth more fully and satisfactorily declare and distinguish tbem, than whatsoever bitherto hath been endeavoured to that purpose, by the best of moralists ; and as for the parts of the body, those apposite Symbols which are bere all along the description brought to express them, do abundantly declare his most exquisite and exa£t knowledge in them all. Not only such

knowledge, as was then attained in the world, or as should in after-ages be attained by any ; but such an one, as was attainable, or as the human nature was able to comprebend ; and whatsoever certain inventions in anatomy bave crowned the ingenious inquirers Frecceeding time, lie couched in some one or expression of this allegory. Among many ings, it is bere clearly demonstrated, on perfectly knew, and as plainly Sive method would give leave,


described the circular motion of the blood; the best and most useful invention of this latter age. And as for the subječt which is directly bere intended, viz. ibe description of the infirmities of age, though it be compendiously bandled by him, yet it is compleatly done in all things appertaining thereunto, both moral, natural, and divine. And indeed, what can the man say that comes after the king? The most knowing and ingenious persons in the best enlightned generations, can add no more bereunto, than they can unto their own ftature : It only remains, that some such give us the full interpretation of what is bere delivered, since it pleased the king to leave it to after ages, inveloped with a canopy of the same wisdom that indited it. And if this weak ejay may excite any such, for the future lovingly to correet what is here amiss, and to Supply what is here deficient ; it will be a most acceptable work; but if for the present, courteous reader, it may be of any use to thee, as. a man, as a scholar, as a philosopher, as a physician, as a christian, follow the intimation that is bere given thee, and I will follow thee with a good wish, which I am sure hall be accomplished for thee, and for all those, that bonestly labour in God's word and work ; I mean,

I bid thee God r

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